Fresh off the boat, the Mazda CX-5 arrived just in time for this year’s Tow Car Awards. Now we’ve had the chance to spend longer with the car on the road and at the test track in the range-topping 2.2D 175PS AWD Sport Nav, to truly understand what tow car potential it has.

With four-wheel drive, these cars should have no problem towing caravans in all kinds of weather. We’re looking for engines with enough pulling power for any suitably matched tourer, and cabins that are practical and spacious for families.